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Ghost Strasse

Germany's East Trapped Between Past and Present

By Simon Burnett

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: Canada, 03 August 2006
Looks at life, after the wall, eastern Germany and the ashes of the past. Journalist Simon Burnett breathes life into the East German people, into their politics, and into the events that brought them to their present situation. German unification was expected to be a triumph of the human spirit, of political resourcefulness and of economic power. Instead, the process that began in late 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down has turned into an unending chronicle of division rather than unification and of economic bust rather than boom - a story of lost opportunities, of misjudgements, of human alienation, misspent money, cultural arrogance and unfulfilled promises. "Ghost Strasse" examines the persisting division between Eastern and Western Germany and explains why East Germans resent the West. It documents the phenomenal political revival of the so-called "post-communists" and the emergence of a virulent form of neo-Nazism in the East. And it deals with the tragedy of unification's forgotten people: former East German political prisoners, many in ill health as a result of their brutal confinement and, bizarrely, treated with disdain by doctors.

About the Author

Simon Burnett is a free-lance reporter who closely followed the decline and fall of Communist East Germany in the 1980s and its unification with West Germany in 1990. His reports have appeared in newspapers in many parts of Eastern Europe and Asia.

EAN: 9781551642901
ISBN: 1551642905
Publisher: Black Rose Books
Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.5 centimetres (0.39 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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